Friday, August 28, 2020

UNC Charlotte and its many partners through the UCITY Family Zone are continuing to expand their efforts to improve social determinants of health in the local community with a $220,000 grant award from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. With this funding, the UCITY Family Zone will further its work in addressing social drivers of health and well-being for high-risk families who reside in and around the University City community.  

“We are thankful for this funding to help us manage social determinants, which account for over 70% of health care outcomes, and to improve social connectivity throughout the UCITY Family Zone,” said Mark DeHaven, UNC Charlotte Dean W. Colvard Distinguished Professor of Community Health and co-director of the UCITY Family Zone. “This work has been years in the making and the award will help to refine and test evidence-based approaches for improving the quality of life for residents, while also guiding Medicaid transformation and other health reform efforts to directly improve population health outcomes in low-income communities.”

UCITY Family Zone will receive $110,000 per year for two years. The grant will help to improve services for families at highest risk of poverty-related illnesses and early death due to social and demographic characteristics such as unstable housing, food insecurity, low educational attainment and economic instability.  

A collaborative, place-based initiative, UCITY Family Zone empowers community members in ways that increase opportunities and improve conditions for enhanced quality of life. 

Read more about UCITY at Inside UNC Charlotte.